Letter: ‘R’ for ‘Rejected’
The GOP is anticipating a landslide rejection of the president and his party on Nov. 6. Republicans are campaigning in earnest. But Paul Simard, candidate for state representative from Grafton County, is laying low, hoping that he’ll be swept into office with all the other folks with an “R” after their name.
We’ve heard of “log cabin” and “rock-ribbed” Republicans, but Simard represents a particular brand of do-nothing politician. Maybe Simard’s “R” means he “rides” the coat tails of others.
I’ll bet that, just like 2010, he’s figuring that after voting for president, governor and congressional representatives, loyal Republicans will just keep on picking GOP candidates.
One thing’s for sure: You won’t see Simard campaigning vigorously on his record of success. It takes longer to snap two fingers than it does to recount his accomplishments. Take it from the voters of Bristol, who know him best: After 13 years on the budget committee culminating in his rise to the vice-chairmanship, his hometown voters sent him packing at the first opportunity. Their disapproval of Simard’s leadership on the budget committee was unambiguous.
I urge conservative, independent minded people to reflect on what Simard’s done (or hasn’t done) over the last two years, and vote accordingly.
It’s time for the “R” after Paul Simard’s name to stand for “rejected.”
BRUCE VAN DERVEN